Book Review – You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

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Book Review – You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini Title: You Before Anyone Else
Author: Julie Cross, Mark Perini
Published on: August 2, 2016
Genres: Mature YA, Young Adult Romance
Page Count: 400
Format: eBook, Paperback
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Everything she wants. Everything he needs.

The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn't landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother's dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He's intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she's with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what's so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else...

"Halfway Perfect reaches deep into inner truths while stripping away the shine of outer beauty." —New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover

You Before Anyone Else was  a book that I hoped to like but I didn’t expect to love it like I did.  It was easy to like the characters, Eddie and Finley. The first half of their story was fun, sweet, and I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. They were so cute together. Eddie was sweet, charming, and he had a certain confidence to his demeanor. Yet, he could be humble and almost shy. Finley was your typical year 18 old girl but she had dealt with so much. She was sweet and caring, and honestly I loved her maturity. Finley’s one flaw was that she always wanted to help “save” someone even if it was too much for her.

Eddie and Finley are both at a unique conjuncture in their lives. Both are on their own and are breaking into the modeling industry. They enjoy modeling but it’s not something they want to do long term. For them it’s a means to something much bigger. When the two first get together it was supposed to be a one time thing. Finely wanted her moment to be wild and “rebellious”, but it turns out her and Eddie just clicked with one another. The romance was slow building but the more the story went along, the more I wanted to see them together.

From the very beginning of the story, you know that Eddie is hiding something. I was anxious to find out what his big secret was and if/how it would affect his relationship with Finley.  I knew depending on what his secret was Finley would do anything to help.

Now the second half of the book was what took me by surprise. There were more emotions involved, more depth, and Eddie’s secret wasn’t what I expected….AT ALL…. Eighteen is that age where you generally feel that you’re invincible and you can think you can do it all, but in reality you can’t. The characters had some big decisions to make and I admit I got a little emotional while it all played out.

I thought this was a great novel. There was realistic character growth and imperfect decisions, and I enjoyed both authors writing. I would definitely read this duo again.


About Julie Cross

Julie Cross lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast and longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former gymnastics program director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credentials, Julie is a committed—but not talented—long-distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar-weather survivor, and expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym-shoe addict.

About Mark Perini

Mark Perini is a New York City based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect. Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the NA anthology, Fifty First Times.

Mark began his career as an international fashion model when he was 18 years old, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world, and he’s made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he’s thirty. Four down three to go.